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Any benefit to overclocking cpu with Linksys....

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by FattysGoneWild, May 11, 2009.

  1. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    WRT54GL v1.1 with Tomato? If so. What is the safest it can be overclocked to with out having to add a heatsink or any other cooling method to it?
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You are going to gets lots of opinions on this one. some will say yes just because it can be done. My take is, if you need to because you are overtaxing the current resources and it can be done then by all means. I used to over clock all of my machines just because i could. Any more now a days, unless their is a necessity i dont bother. Also unless you are completely ok with killing your device and having to replace it (always that potential when messing with the itnernals of machines) then dont consider it. Just my 2 cents.
  3. The Doctor

    The Doctor LI Guru Member

    The basic benefit of overclocking the router is that the throughput goes up by the percent of the overclock. Actually, let me clarify a little, only the actual router throughput will go up. Your wireless speed will NOT increase. IOW, if you were to overclock to 250 MHz, the router can handle 25% more traffic. This is only a benefit if the router is currently CPU bound, if it can currently handle everything you throw at it, running whatever services you want, overclocking gives you nothing but bragging rights.

    As to how much you can overclock, that depends on your own personal luck. Two routers of the exact same model, with the same version number, may very well have different tolerances for overclocking. Remember, the manufacturer guarantees it to work at the stock speed, anything past that is simply gravy. From what I have read on this board, 250 MHz seems to be usually acceptable. However, that doesn't mean yours won't brick at 205.

    My advice to you is to try overclocking only if two conditions are met. First, the router cannot currently pass all the traffic your connection offers, so you need to either make your current router faster or buy a better one. And second, you can afford to throw the router away if something goes wrong and you cannot revive it. I could possibly add a third, and that would be that the router has a reasonable chance of handling your connection when it is overclock. IOW, if you have 100 Mb symmetrical connection, don't even bother, that Linksys won't come close to handling it.

    Good luck
  4. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    What The good Doc said. :)

    I have mine O/C-ed to 240 MHz for two reasons:

    1) I like to overclock (w/o the bragging and all that jazzy-jazz - it's a thing i do);
    2) I'm on a 50 mbps fiber connection and i need all the throughput i can get from that little-little blue box. :)

    It will go up to 250 MHz, but i don't like to over-overclock.

    Caution! If you wanna O/C hardcore - 216+ MHz, you'll need to do a passive cooling mod. It will work without one, but it's dangerous. And remember, O/C-ing and the passive cooling mod. WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
  5. bogderpirat

    bogderpirat Network Guru Member

    my WRT54GL has been running at 250MHz for quite some time now without any cooling adaptions. the overclock was made necessary when i upgraded to a 50/10 line. at the given speed, i can max the 50mbit/s in downstream, if QoS is disabled. for anything higher, you'll probably have to reconsider your choice of devices.

    you, sir, are contradicting yourself!
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  7. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    How come? I said i don't like to over-overclock. :)

    As for the cooling, it all depends on the weather, the amount of CPU usage, location etc. I have my router set up on top of a bookshelf (better coverage), and when i pound it with some heavy traffic, during hot summer days, it gets a tad too hot for comfort. That's where the need for extra cooling arises from.
    Sure, you can overclock on stock cooling, but your mileage may vary. That's the rule of thumb, afaik.
  8. sardaukar

    sardaukar Addicted to LI Member

    This is in the same league as "should I tune my car" :D

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